Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) has distanced himself from a statement purportedly representing the committee’s stance on Magu.
Prof. Sagay said the statement which came from Prof. Femi Odekunle, a member of the committee only represents the personal opinion of the writer and not that of the committee.
A staunch defender of Magu, Prof. Sagay said the committee’s decision and advice will be directed to the President and not the media.
“The attention of the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has been drawn to a statement circulating in the media space credited to one of its members Prof Femi Odekunle.
“The press release is the personal opinion of the member under whose name it was released and not that of the committee. If the committee consistent with its mandate has any view on the matter, it will be channelled to the President and not to the media,” a statement by PACAC’s Communications Officer, Aghogho Agbahor said.
Prof. Odekunle had stated that his position was in tandem with that of the committee’s chairman, Sagay and those of other members of PACAC.
“This is a preliminary reaction of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) to the alleged ‘arrest’ of Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“Of course, the real information reaching us is that he was only invited to appear before a Panel set up not long ago concerning some alleged memo by Malami, Attorney General and Minister of justice, regarding some alleged malfeasance by Magu, along with nominations for his replacement.
“It was just that those sent to invite him for whatever reasons best known to them invited some press along and made it look an arrest. That mischief has been confirmed by some apparent afterthought denial by the DSS that it was not an arrest.
“While PACAC has not had a formal meeting on this development, I have discussed with the Chairman and some other members and the following can be considered as PACAC’s preliminary reaction to this development,” he wrote.